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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

French Inspired Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

As Christmas Eve approaches, 
children of all ages look forward with 
breathless excitement to a visit from 
Saint Nicholas 

An old world Saint Nicholas 
looking very French and 


through snow covered countryside 
in a sleigh pulled by a pair of reindeer dressed in bell harnesses 
inspired a 
French Christmas Eve 
table setting at my house. 

A fresh tree decorated with only fairy lights 
and a trio of angels at the top sits in the corner of the breakfast sunspace 
and can be seen by passersby at night. 

More fresh greenery... 
The ivy wreath sits on the top shelf of the garden shelves 
and paperwhite narcissi are part of the table's centerpiece. 

The breakfast area table is ready for Christmas Eve. 

A white beribboned swag adds more French to the setting. 
Made last year, I plan to use it for several years. 

Rolled pages from a French alphabet children's book 
are small gifts for diners. 

The alphabet book came from a Paris bookseller whose 
shop is in the Passage des Panoramas. 

Each place has a different alphabet page decorated with drawings 
to illustrate a story about the letter of the alphabet. 
V for Violettes 

Green script stars, a zinc seed pot with candles, and a Sarlat, France 
green stoppered bottle all add French touches to the narrow centerpiece. 

The French zinc seed pot is one of the pots I found at the 
Fall Round Top Antique Fair. 
It was easy to make the candle holder by 
covering florist foam with moss. 

The vintage Sarlat, France stopper bottle came from a 
French village brocante the last time I was in France. 

The green script stars were found at a small local boutique 
while Christmas shopping. 

A sprig of fresh evergreen from the Christmas tree 
adds a holiday touch to the black Eiffel Tower ornament on each napkin. 

The music decorated Eiffel Towers came from an Etsy shop last year. 

L'heure bleu (the blue hour) descends as twilight falls on Christmas Eve. 

Children all over the world are so excited they cannot sleep. 

Soon Saint Nicholas will be here on this 
French Inspired Christmas Eve 

Thank you for reading botanic bleu.

May your Christmas be 
filled with the pure joy of a child. 

Joyeux Noël 
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  1. Oh Judith, those French-scripted stars......OUI! The lightness of the room, the plants and that fabulous little tree (like mine!) add to the ambiance of a French home. Wishing you un Joyeux Noël et une bonne année remplie de bonheur! BISOUS BISOUS! Anita

  2. Such a beautiful table. So simple but so elegant. You have a wonderful fench touch to everything you do. Love it.

  3. Gorgeous. Merry Christmas to you & yours, dear Judith.

  4. Elegant and homey - don't know how you manage that! I have been making paper French script stars but they are flat - now I will be on a mission for for one like yours - love how it looks puffy. Joyeux Noel!

  5. Love, love, love! For any Christmas celebration, this is gorgeous! Love the Eiffel towers and the stars and the .....everything! Merry Christmas!

  6. Beautifully inspiring all things French.
    Love the stars and your dinner plates.

    Joyeux Noël


  7. Love Everything!! So pretty! Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!!

  8. Judith, your table is gorgeous. The details make me smile. Love the idea of the French alphabet pages, but I'd have a difficult time taking such a book apart. The plates are indeed very French looking. Were these in your Christmas store as well. I'm sad I didn't get to your event to shop. ;-(
    Joyeux Noel! ~ Sarah

  9. Every little detail reflects your exquisite taste Judith. I would have loved to be seated at your table. Blessings to you and your family!

  10. HI, Judith. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment on my deer centerpiece. Yes, I too, kind of move some centerpieces to the side as a decorating "technique," and it works well. I'll have to shift this one around as the need arises too. I'm glad you stopped by also so I can visit your lovely blog. Your table is that little tin pot! Your dining space reminds me of the one in our former's lovely as well. Thanks again for stopping by! ~Zuni

  11. Judith,
    Your French Inspired Christmas Eve Tablescape is truly, mesmerizing, dear one!
    NOEL is my favorite Christmas "word". . .
    and I adore how you've displayed it throughout the rooms decor!
    A belated Merry Christmas to you!!!

  12. You show "french style" so beautifully Judith, I especially love your chair covers. Happy New Year!

  13. Lovely! So creative, love the zinc pot with moss and candles. Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...


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